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Super novices

They are novices to karate.  They are super.  They are 3 and 4 years old. What kind of karate can you teach someone so young?  Actually, there is quite a bit!  There are the basics of course; learning their left from their right, directional awareness, listening to and following directions, building muscle strength, balance, reflexes…

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It’s not always a stranger that puts you in danger…

We often think about self-protection for women as being about strangers.  People that we don’t know that jump out from a dark corner or from behind some bushes and attack unexpectedly.  As awful as that is to think about, it’s even more horrifying to think about the truth.  The truth is that it’s people we…

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What’s your first line of defense?

Last week, I was talking with some people and when they learned that I am a martial arts instructor, they asked “Ok, so I attack you. What do you do?”  I really dislike this line of questioning.  Not because I don’t enjoy the conversation, but because the average person doesn’t realize that there is no…

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Does it work for you?

Sometimes people send me self-defense videos to watch asking what I think of the techniques presented.  It’s always hard to answer these requests.  First, I’m being asked to judge someones else’s work and opinions.  I’m not a fan of doing that because regardless of whether I think it’s great or it’s garbage, it’s not my…

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Kata

This session in our dojos, we will be having a kata tournament for the youth classes.  I thought all the kids would be pretty excited about this.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to win a prize for the best kata?  However, there were several kids that were not too happy with this announcement.  There are…

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Teen dating violence awareness month

February is teen dating violence awareness month, so I am reposting a blog I wrote in April of last year.  Teen dating violence is far more prevalent than we realize and as adults, we need to help our teens recognize and handle this problem. Teen dating violence is defined by the CDC as the physical,…

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Are you a damsel in distress?

Last week I told you about a book I recently read called The Martial Arts Woman by Andrea Harkins. In that book, I found a quote by Michelle Manu that really struck me.  Michelle is is a senior black belt in the Kaihewalu Hawaiian Lua with the Lua Halau O Kaihewalu. She said “Life is not…

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book review

I recently read the book The Martial Arts Woman by Andrea Harkins and I really wanted to share with all of you what an inspirational book this is.  This book is a very easy read with a tremendous amount of heart.  While the input is from multiple female martial artists,  this is not a book just…

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Firsts

My students will tell you it is rare that I lack something to say about the subject of self-defense or martial arts.  This week, I honestly struggled with what to write about.  It wasn’t that I had nothing on my mind, it was that I had too much! When this happens, I sit back and…

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Being a good partner

The past 2 weeks in our karate classes, we have been working on some new partner drills. Doing partner drills can be challenging because not only do you have to learn the drill, but you also have to learn how to be a good partner so that your training partner can learn as well.  When…

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